David Roddis, S.T., is a bodyworker who has been following his chosen path since 1985, when he first trained at the British School of Shiatsu in London, England. In London, he also trained in Swedish Massage at the Reade School of Massage.
David returned to his native Toronto in 1990, and for a time pursued acting, while maintaining his life-long interest in alternative and holistic health. He re-trained as a shiatsu therapist in 2005 at Kokoro Dojo, graduating in 2007.
He became interested in erotic touch during his male-oriented practise and was intensely aware of the mind-body split demonstrated by most Western massage and bodywork modalities. As a result of this split, he feels, the primary message relayed by the practice of these modalities is SHAME.
He began to incorporate erotic touch in his sessions, at first with trepidation, and gradually with the conviction that, given appropriate consent by the client, erotic touch and erotic exploration were not only permissible, but desirable and desired by most of the clients who had come to work with him.
David now integrates therapeutic and erotic touch, as desired by the client, and along a complete spectrum. He sees many questioning men of all ages who wish to experience male touch and eroticism in a safe, non-judgemental and positive environment. “Your first experience of male touch is not a decision or a label”, he tells these clients. “It doesn’t mean you’re ‘gay’. It just means you had an experience.”
David’s style of bodywork is grounded in his holistic training, and is characterized by an intuitive approach, technique that responds to each client’s needs in the moment, and an insistence that the client leads the session.
Because of this approach, both he and his clients begin each session as though it were their first, and create a time of healing and discovery together. David’s goal for his bodywork: To abolish shame of the body one client at a time, through exploration, acceptance and, ultimately, joy.
3. In my (and their) words:
My name is David, and bodyworkToronto is my business, brand and unique service.
For over eight years I have been providing M4M massage in Toronto, and my worldwide roster of clients agree that my work is both superbly professional and one-of-a-kind.
Fantastic massage, excellent care.
David is such a sweet and nice guy, I cannot recommend him enough!
– BiCurJM, Toronto
I have trained extensively in shiatsu (British School of Shiatsu, Kokoro Dojo), Swedish massage (Reade School of Massage, London), and have also participated in erotic bodywork workshops run by The Body Electric school. I have been actively practising bodywork since the 1980’s, refining my skills and creating a unique, personalized style that honors all of the body, disavows the North American culture of body- and sex-centred shame, and helps men transcend the anxiety-generating male imperatives of control and performance.
My Bodywork Style
I am professionally trained in Swedish massage and in shiatsu, both in London, England, and in Toronto. But my bodywork illustrates that 1 plus 1; plus a gift for touch; plus years of practice equals much, much more than the sum of the parts! I have assimilated my training and refined a personal style that honors and celebrates ALL of the body – to the level of your comfort and the limits of your desire.
I arrived about 15 minutes early and David was ready to go. I had originally booked 60 minutes but had extra time and was able to bump it to 90. This was the best 90 minutes I have ever spent in Toronto. Closing my eyes, it felt like he had 40 fingers – that is how good he is. I left totally relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. I will be booking another session the next time I am in the city!
– intom8ting, Toronto
If you’ve been thinking of booking a massage with me, but have been shy or unsure, I encourage you to take the leap. I often have NEW CLIENT DISCOUNTS in effect. See my DEALS page for more details.
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